Buck Afenir stayed hot at the plate on a cold day. Afenir drove in three of Kansas' four runs today. The Kansas senior catcher is hitting .369 on the year with 33 RBIs.
Kansas scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat #20 Oklahoma State 4-3. The win gave Kansas a series sweep and improved their Big-12 record to 7-5, good for a tie for fourth place in the conference.
The entire game was played under conditions reminiscent of a winter in Scotland. Cold, windy with drizzling rain only broken up by the occasional steady downpour. There never was quite enough rain to stop the game but the cumulative effect drove all but the most devoted fans out of Hoglund early in the contest.
For most of the day the game was a pitching duel. Kansas took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning on a two run Buck Afenir double. Oklahoma State tied the game in the top of the seventh and the teams went into extra innings at 2-2. OSU got to Brett Bochy (1-0) in his third inning of work and took a 3-2 lead in the top of the tenth but their closer, Randy McCurry, ran out of gas in the bottom of the inning. After getting Jason Brunansky to line out to shortstop McCurry gave up a blop single to David Narodowski, walked Robby Price and hit Brian Heere with a pitch to load the bases with one out. A bases loaded walk to Buck Afenir tied up the game at three. The next batter, Tony Thompson, drove a pitch off he left field wall to bring home the winning run. KU’s abuse of the Cowboy bullpen throughout the weekend might have forced the visitors to stick with McCurry longer than they would have liked. The OSU closer ended up throwing 3.1 innings in a losing effort.
Buck Afenir’s three RBIs made him the clear offensive hero today. Tony Thompson went 2-5 with the game winning RBI. David Narodowski also went 2-5. Lee Ridenhour was the KU starting pitcher. Despite being under the weather he gutted out five innings of effective work and put the team in a great position to get a win. Ridenhour gave up seven hits and one run. He walked one and struck out four.
Kansas is back in action on Tuesday as the Jayhawks visit Creighton. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports (Sunflower 143) First pitch at 6:30PM.
Link to KU recap and box score after the jump.
Apr 12, 2009 at Lawrence, KS (Hoglund Ballpark)
Okla. St. 3 (21-14,4-8 Big 12)
|Thomas, Rafael cf||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||0||0|
|Harvard, Dusty cf||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Dabbs, Micheal rf||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||3|
|Hambly, Tyrone 3b||5||0||4||1||0||0||0||3||0|
|Medchill, Neil lf||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||0||3|
|Green, Dean 1b||5||1||1||0||0||0||8||0||2|
|Kroll, Doug dh||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Belza, Tom 2b||5||0||3||1||0||1||3||2||0|
|David, Kevin c||5||0||3||0||0||2||8||1||0|
|Propst, Brad ss||5||0||1||0||0||3||3||4||4|
|Lyons, Tyler p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|McCurry, Randy p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Kansas 4 (23-12,7-5 Big 12)
|Narodowski, David ss||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Price, Robby 2b||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||2||1|
|Heere, Brian rf||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||0||1|
|Afenir, Buck c||4||0||2||3||0||0||11||2||0|
|Thompson, Tony 3b||5||0||2||1||0||1||0||0||1|
|Lytle, Casey lf||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||0||0|
|Land, Preston 1b||4||0||1||0||0||2||10||0||1|
|Elgie, Zac dh||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Waters, Jimmy ph||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Faunce, Nick cf||3||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Brunansky, Jason cf||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ridenhour, Lee p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Murray, Colton p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Blankenship, Travis p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bochy, Brett p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Score by Innings R H E --------------------------------------------- Okla. St............ 001 000 100 1 - 3 14 0 Kansas.............. 002 000 000 2 - 4 9 0 ---------------------------------------------
Note: 1 out, 3 runners LOB when the game ended.
|DP - Oklahoma St 1. LOB - Oklahoma St 12; Kansas 9. 2B - Belza(7); David(12); Afenir, B.(8); Thompson, T.(13). HBP - Thomas; Heere, B.; Afenir, B.; Elgie, Z.. SH - Dabbs(5); Kroll(2). SF - Medchill(3). CS - Belza(1).|
|McCurry, Randy L,1-1||3.1||3||2||2||1||4||0||0||2||0||12||15||2||3||61|
|Bochy, Brett W,2-0||3.0||4||1||1||0||6||0||0||0||0||12||13||1||2||54|
|Win - Bochy, B. (2-0). Loss - McCurry (1-1). Save - None. WP - Lyons(2). HBP - by Ridenhour (Thomas); by Lyons (Elgie, Z.); by McCurry (Heere, B.); by McCurry (Afenir, B.). Pitches/strikes: Lyons 87/57; McCurry 61/39; Ridenhour 72/52; Murray, C. 28/16; Blankenship 10/5; Bochy, B. 54/36.
Umpires - HP: David Wiley 1B: Randy Bruns 3B: Dan O'Connell